Chicago rapper Chief Keef has had a change of heart days after allegedly mocking the fatal shooting of music rival Lil JoJo and sent out his condolences to the hip-hop artist’s family.
Keef also revealed his main focus would be on putting out his long-awaited debut album this fall.
“I appreciate music, so I’m going to focus on that and sign off of Twitter I won’t have anything to say until my album drop 11/27 #R.I.Pjojo,” Chief Keef tweeted September 8th.
“i got a LOTTA sh*t 2 say but this aint da place…my music is. i love chicago & i wanna make this sh*t big for us! tell our story. #300″
“since i was put in a messed up spot i think that i finna sign off this twitter sh*t for awhile or at least til my album drops on 11/27″
“album comin 11/27..maybe sooner. fredo gbe mixtape comin soon 2.” (Chief Keef’s Twitter)
Lil JoJo lost his life to gun violence earlier in the week.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Lil JoJo, 18, whose real name is Joseph Coleman, was gunned down at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on a street in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. He had been engaged in a running war of words with several rival rappers, among them Chief Keef, who is 17. But Mr. Coleman also had been feuding with a local street gang, the Black Disciples, and the police were investigating whether his death was connected to that dispute, the Sun-Times reported, quoting the police. Hours after the murder, a message appeared on Chief Keef’s Twitter account that appeared to make light of Mr. Coleman’s death. The message drew angry responses from many of Chief Keef’s followers on Twitter. He later sent a message suggesting that his account had been hacked. (New York Times)
Windy City police are reportedly investigating any possible connection between Keef and JoJo’s death.
Chicago police have indicated they are investigating Keef’s tweets after Lil Jojo’s murder for possible connections to the homicide. Earlier this summer, Keef signed a deal with Interscope. (RapFix)
Online music publication Pitchfork pulled some controversial footage of Keef at a shooting range in light of the slaying.
“”Selector” is a Pitchfork.tv show in which we interview rappers and watch them freestyle over beats. We often try to conduct these shows in unusual locations, and several months ago we interviewed Chief Keef at a gun range in New York City. This concept was rushed and never should have happened. We’re proud of the “Selector” series as a whole and its production will continue, but this particular episode was insensitive and irresponsible.” (Pitchfork)